Maria Adele Carrai answers the question: Why are people so nervous about China? In her talk, she tackles what China’s exponential growth means for The United States and the world at large. Carrai argues that China cannot be thought as one single monolithic threat, but rather that the situation is more complicated than we have been led to believe.
Audiences were treated to a dynamic range of cultural shows as Hangzhou Asian Games hosted its final performance in the Athletes’ Village on Thursday (October 5).
CMaria Adele Carrai is an associate research scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and a fellow at KU Leuven. Her latest book, Sovereignty in China, A Genealogy of a Concept Since 1840, examines the contested notion of “sovereignty” and how it was appropriated by Chinese diplomats and intellectuals over the course of the past two centuries. Despite the strong critiques of sovereignty in the 1990s, since the global expansion of international law over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries, sovereignty has defined and continues to constitute, the normative framework against which countries and polities define themselves.
European capitals streamline their China policy. What does Rome have in mind? The World Insight panel provides a hint on the sidelines of the Chinese President’s visit there.
Africa is in the midst of a railway renaissance, and it’s being built in large part by China.
CCI’s Carl Petterson talks with Dr. Maria Adele Carrai about the economic, legal and political ramifications of Chinese engagement and investment in Europe and Africa. Learn about how China-led development projects and institutions fit into their foreign policy and how China’s projects differ from those led by Western countries.
CGTN’s Rachelle Akuffo spoke to Maria Adele Carrai, senior researcher with the Leuven Centre for Global Governance, about Chinese president Xi Jinping’s visit to France and Sino-French ties.
Cambridge University Press: This book provides a comprehensive history of the emergence and formation of the concept of sovereignty in China from 1840 to the present.

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